MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan women's soccer team (3-1-0) topped No. 25 Springfield 3-1 on Tuesday afternoon to extend its win streak to three. This was the Cardinals second-straight win against a nationally ranked team, as they handed The Pride their first loss of the season.
"I am very happy with the result today," stated head coach Eva Meredith. "Despite not playing our best soccer, we were still able to string together some great moments and capitalize on our opportunities. This gives us a lot of confidence as we head into a weekend with back-to-back conference contests."
- Wesleyan took advantage of its first possession in the attacking zone after a foul outside of the 18 to get on the board. Andi Wiley took the free-kick from the left side, lofting the ball into the upper right corner for the 1-0 edge.
- The visitors had a good chance to knot the game at the 27:44 mark. Kinsey Colby rifled a shot on goal, but Wesleyan goalkeeper Sarah Hammond jumped up, getting a hand on the ball to corral it.
- Springfield looked for the equalizer with 59 seconds remaining in the half. Kaleigh Dale sent a through ball intended for Nicole Morin-Trotta, but Hammond came diving off her line to deny the chance and preserve the one-goal lead heading into the break.
- Wesleyan doubled its lead at the 53:11 mark when Emily Ribatt converted a penalty kick to the bottom left corner of the net. The tally was Ribatt's second penalty kick in as many games, as she is now 2-2 on the year.
- The Cardinals extended their lead to 3-0 at the 76:13 mark. Ribatt denied a clearing attempt by The Pride defense 35 yards out, before rocketing a shot into the upper left 90 for her second goal of the game.
- Springfield cut the deficit to 3-1 with 85 minutes expired when Dale converted a penalty kick to the top right corner.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Hammond earned the win in goal, making five stops, while Springfield goaltender Emma O'Sullivan recorded three saves.
- Wesleyan held a slight edge in shots (13-11), and a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks.
- The Cardinals travel to Bowdoin on Saturday for a noon start, before returning home to host Colby on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.